With the temperature taking a nosedive, it’s time to rethink our relationship with recycled rubber products and learn how our homes (and the environment!) can benefit from them this time of year. As we transition into a new season, we’re sharing some helpful tips on ways you can help divert waste while incorporating different green products into your living space.
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, working with the tire industry, achieved a key milestone in the transition of Ontario’s tire recycling program. Approximately 34 million tires representing 93% of tires reported to Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) between 2014 and 2016 were reported to the Authority by the August 31 deadline.
“This is an important achievement in transitioning the Used Tires Program to individual producer responsibility under the new Tires Regulation,” said Patrick Moran, the Authority’s Registrar. …
Consistent with the approved Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan (WUP), OTS has prepared an analysis of used tire collection in different areas of the province for 2015, 2016 and 2017. This information is presented by used tire type and reflects the number of units of each used tire type picked-up from Collectors in each geographic zone.
The zones have been designed to offer a more detailed picture of where used tires are generated in the province, while still protecting the sensitive business information of Collectors and Haulers in/servicing these areas.
OTS 2015 – 2017 Used Tire Collection Data
(Note: the data will download as an Excel file)
The Board of eTracks is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Meldrum as its new CEO. Mr. Meldrum has spent the last 13 years as President and CEO of an environmental waste treatment technology company that grew from a start-up organization to an industry leader in the CleanTech space.
Steve has also spent 10 years in Management Consulting roles working closely with many start-ups and global Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has been a board member for many private companies as well being President of the Board of Directors for a Toronto-based not-for-profit.
The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca), which represents 16 major global tire manufacturers operating in Canada, as well as selected tire recyclers and suppliers, is pleased to offer its observations and recommendations to what is a very bold plan by Ontario to introduce individual producer responsibility for end-of-life tire management. Allowing individual market players to make…
Read the TRAC recomendation on RRCEA Tire Regulation here.
Whether you live in a large city or a small town, working to improve and build your community is always rewarding. That’s why OTS has invested over $1 million in Community Renewal Fund (CRF) grants to help over 60 communities go green using recycled rubber tire products in new and need-to-be-renewed spaces.
TORONTO—Young Ontario artists and designers from Sheridan College Industrial Design and University of Toronto Landscape Design used the equivalent of 854 recycled tires to redesign a community space as part of Ontario Tire Stewardship’s third Student Design Challenge.
Dubbed the “Shaw Bench,” the installation on Toronto’s Artscape Youngplace includes a sustainable, integrated bench and bike rack, according to the OTS.
The bench’s modular design makes the bench highly adaptable, allowing for a variety of configurations, it said.
The OTS held a competition in June 2016, with 32 students from five post-secondary schools participating, the stewardship organization said.
OTS Student Design Challenge participants attended a three-day “Design Jam,” working alongside industry professionals to develop recycled rubber-based design concepts and present them to judges, it said.
The winners, who went on to design the “Shaw Bench,” included:
- From University of Toronto Landscape Design, Andrey Chernykh, Leonard Flot and Tim Kwok, and;
- From Sheridan College Industrial Design, Alexandra D’Oliviera, Michael Mofina, Patrick Marchent and Neil Smith.
Atlas Tire Wholesale recently hosted the summer edition of their renowned Atlas Tire University program. Besides hearing about the latest tire technologies and products, guests who attended the event also learned about the most up-to-date online marketing and social media strategies.
ATU invited social media expert, Casey Walter from Optimize Social Media in Oakdale, Minnesota to speak about strategies tire retailers can put into practice today in order to better position their companies online to compete in today’s challenging market.
Besides a host of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Yelp, Google+ and Instagram strategies, Walter also spoke about online reputation management, and how to deal with disgruntled customers who complain about your tire business on social media.
Atlas Tire also invited Michal Majernik, Manager, Communications for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) to talk about the latest and most pertinent statistics tire statistics. Majernik also discussed the demise of the Ontario Tire Stewardship program, and explained how Ontario’s tire recycling infrastructure is likely to change in the near future.
In addition to a gourmet lunch, guests of Atlas Tire enjoyed giveaways and prizes throughout the day, as well as an opportunity to network with peers along with tire industry representatives and experts.
OTS’s presence really blossomed at this year’s Canada Blooms, an annual gardening Festival that takes place in Toronto and connects attendees looking to stretch their green thumbs and see what is trending in landscape design and horticultural activity. This year, an engaged crowd of aspiring garden gurus were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by none other than Frankie Flowers.
Frankie educated onlookers on some of the new and not so new trends emerging with respect to the recycled garden. One thing that he emphasized to the crowd was to take some lessons on recycling from our more industrious and resourceful ancestors, who often used things like bath water, egg shells and fish bits to fortify their garden plots. They practiced container gardening long before we did, and would grow tomatoes out of a tire, as the tire provides a raised platform for the tomatoes to flourish. With this process, there are fewer weeds than planting tomatoes in a more conventional fashion, the soil gets warmer faster, and most importantly, the tire beds yield a faster harvest!
Frankie highlighted the recycled materials that can be used in present-day gardens and highlighted the variety of ways tires can be put to good use in the form of planters, outdoor tires and garden edging.
Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) offers community grant programs to encourage the use of provincially-created recycled tire rubber products within their province.
The final 2016 round of applications to Ontario’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF) closed on November 30, 2016 and OTS is now gearing up for the application process to re-open in spring 2017.
The grant awards Ontario communities up to $50,000 to reimagine and reinvigorate their community spaces using products made by Ontario manufacturers using Ontario recycled tires. Approved grants are used towards the purchase, freight and installation of recycled tire products. Visit the OTS website for specifics on the funding available.
The CRF awards resulting from the first wave of applications earlier in 2016 were announced in October and represent a total of seven projects in six different communities across Ontario. To learn more about the uses and benefits of Ontario’s products, read the Case Studies about past grant recipients.